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How to Apply

The Yale Surgical Residency Program participates in the NRMP/ERAS. We review completed applications in September and October. A completed application will include the MSPE, CV, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and your USMLE Step I score. We prefer letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment specifically regarding your clinical and technical skills, scholarly ambition, leadership potential, and institutional citizenship.

There are two tracks in our program. The categorical track is a conventional “rectangular” program. All interns admitted as categorical are expected to complete the full training program. The preliminary track is available for trainees seeking a short-term position as a transition to a categorical position in surgery or another specialty.

  • J-1 visas are supported in limited circumstances and all international graduates must be certified by the ECFMG prior to applying. All applicants should be certain to specify whether they are applying to the categorical track, preliminary track, or both. Please direct all questions regarding visas to Heather Russell-Milici in the House Staff Office (email)

Qualified applicants will be invited to interview in person in New Haven. Anticipated interview dates for the 2019-2020 season are:

  • November 15, 2019
  • November 22, 2019
  • December 6, 2019
  • December 13, 2019
  • January 10, 2020
  • January 31, 2020 (Non-designated preliminary applicants only)

A dinner will take place the night before with our current residents starting at 630pm.